Dr Marina Jirotka

Reader in Requirements Capture, Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford

Reader in Requirements Capture and Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Capture, Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Associate Researcher of the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction.

Early in her career, in collaboration with BT, she helped develop the use of video-based ethnographic research for use in Requirements Engineering. Over her research career, she has developed close relationships with an extensive network of companies and Government Departments.

From 2003, her research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship e-Science project, eDiaMoND, she became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally. She has led research projects into: understanding the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments; investigating usability and project management issues in eResearch projects EPSRC Embedding e-Science Applications: Designing and Managing for Usability; and understanding the social shaping of eResearch infrastructure and disciplinary concerns.

In 2006 she became a James Martin Research Fellow and was seconded to the Oxford eResearch Centre. In 2007 she was awarded an ESRC/SSRC visiting fellowship to UCLA, and PARC to develop a systematic understanding of data sharing to inform design of e-Research systems.

More recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, her investigations have focussed on the Digital Economy. In 2007 she secured a doctoral studentship with KorteQ, a knowledge management company, to develop approaches to understanding how tacit knowledge is captured and communicated in organisations. She has been involved in determining the research agenda on two Digital Economy clusters: one that investigated the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, and explored how we can develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy (IMDE); and a second that explored the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet. In October 2009 she was appointed Deputy Director of ESRC's National Strategic Directorate of the eSocial Science Programme. She is currently leading an EPSRC project into a Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT in collaboration with De Montfort University.